Top JUCO CB Justin Martin commits to Vols

The future of Tennessee's defense got a major boost Wednesday with the verbal commitment of Justin Martin. Here's more.

From Snellville, Georgia, to Nashville to Miami, Oklahoma to Knoxville, Justin Martin already has plenty of experience with the "double move" both in high school and now in college.

The next stop has the cornerback going from Northeastern Oklahoma A&M to Tennessee as the Volunteers gained Martin's verbal commitment Wednesday.

"I was looking hard at LSU but with coach (John) Chavis leaving, it was a simple decision," Martin told InsideTennessee.

Martin joins Scout four-star Micah Abernathy (ranked No. 25 cornerback in nation) and three-star Darrell Miller (No. 47 nationally) in Tennessee's 2015 list of commitments heading to Rocky Top to play on the island.

"Tennessee was the first school to get on me and that's always stayed in the back of my mind," Martin said of the Vols being his initial offer.

After going over two months without a pledge, Tennessee has landed Martin, three-star running back Kendall Bussey and four-star middle linebacker Darrin Kirkland in the last three weeks. Defensive backs coach Willie Martinez and linebackers coach Tommy Thigpen are Martin's lead recruiters for Tennessee.

The 6-foot-1, 179-pounder ranks by Scout as the No. 21 junior college prospect in the 2015 class and the premier JUCO cornerback in the nation. Martin says he will take an official visit to Tennessee in January and possibly others but has the plan to enroll on Rocky Top in late May.

"Martin is a player who is solid and reliable in coverage," Scout national analyst Greg Powers said. "He is big enough and talented enough to take on the other team's top receiver and has good success at limiting the production. I do not know if I would describe him as quick twitch, but he definitely has quick reactions. He has the ability to read and react quickly and the coordination to punch balls away from receivers without drawing flags."

Martin has four years to play three seasons with the Big Orange.


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